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Deep Thoughts With Steve Elkington

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Elkington won 10 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1995 PGA Championship at Riviera.

The ever-outspoken Elk sounds off on his dream career away from the links, his petrified horsemanship and the current golfing thunder from Down Under.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen on a golf course?

I’ve seen a guy play naked at an all-men’s club in a match. Just had a glove on and shoes. That was kind of weird.

Where did he put his tees and ball markers?

I didn’t ask. It was TMI.

What’s something you’re terrible at?

Riding a horse. I have been on four horses this year, and I was petrified. My producer, Judith Coleman, made me do it. She loves them, but I don’t. They’re violent and evil beasts, and they want to go the opposite direction of where I want to go.

Do you have a secret talent outside of golf?

I have a green thumb, and I love gardening. I can make almost 
anything grow.

What player on Tour reminds you of yourself?

My son, Sam, but he’s not on Tour. A young player on Tour? Oh yeah, Rory McIlroy. I think I’m like Rory. He’s not quite as good-looking, and he’s a little bit short. Not off the tee.

When did you realize you could play golf for a living?

It was after college, believe it or not. I was a great player in college, and we won three national championships at Houston, but I wasn’t convinced it was going to work out for me, so it wasn’t automatic.

So what clicked?

Coming from Australia and being over here by myself in America was probably the biggest thing to get over, that I was going to have to be here and do it by myself without my family. Once I decided, O.K., I’m going to separate myself from my family, then it became better.

Speaking of Australia, there are a lot of good young Aussies on Tour and they all seem to have such smooth swings. Why is that?

Maybe they had good role models and had guys to look up to like Greg Norman and myself or other great players like David Graham. We’re on a bit of a high for Australian golf right now with Adam Scott and Jason Day, but there’s plenty of others, like [Marc] Leishman.

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What musical act would you want front–row tickets for?

AC/DC, baby. All the way. Angus!

If a book was written about your life, what would the title be?

It’s Not Over Yet.

If you weren’t a professional golfer, what would you be?

I like art and like to draw, so I wouldn’t mind being in graphic design. And maybe a greenskeeper on the side.

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